By NITZ ARANCON
and JOEY NACALABAN
POLICE shot and killed a 24-year-old man who allegedly fought back during a narcotics buy-and-bust operation at District 6, Balacanas in Consolacion at around 7:15 pm Wednesday.
Senior Insp. Jac Llanita, Macabalan police chief, identified the slain drug suspect as Jeremy Paderan Jr. of Barangay Camaman-an and Barangay 31, this city.
Paderan was the 12th drug suspect in the police’s list of people killed here in the Duterte administration’s “war on drugs.”
Llanita said there was another suspect who escaped on a motorcycle.
“Dugay mi’g sunod-sunod ani nila kay nagsakay man ni sila ug motor,” Llanita said.
Paderan, according to the police, sold an undercover agent a sachet of suspected shabu for P500.
Llanita claimed that Paderan fired at the police officer with a caliber .38 revolver when he realized it was an entrapment. Like the other slain drug suspects before him, Paderan allegedly missed his target and he ended up getting shot and killed by the police.
Dr. Christian Caballes, Scene of the Crime Operatives medicolegal, said the suspect succumbed to three gunshots to the chest.
Llanita said the suspect was rushed to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center NMMC where he was declared dead on arrival.
According to Llanita, Caballes found more suspected shabu and a P500-marked money from Paderan at the hospital.
Llanita said the suspect was a notorious robber who had just been released from the Lumbia city jail where he was detained because of a drug case.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Drug Enfocement Agency (PDEA) arrested Land Transportation Office employee after he was caught with suspected shabu during another buy-and-bust operation in Bulua on Wedneday night.
PDEA regional director Wilkins Villanueva identified the suspect as 44-year-old Michael Rey Belisario Laureta, a transportation regulation officer at the LTO regional office and a resident of Bulua.
Villanueva said the suspect has been in the PDEA list of “high-value targets.”
Villanueva said Laureta was arrested during an entrapment carried out on Inabanga Street, Zone 1 in Bulua, at around 6:20 pm.
Laureta allegedly sold three sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street price of P1 thousand. Villanueva said Laurete also yielded more suspected shabu worth some P130 thousand.
Rhodelio Poliquit, LTO regional director, said the suspect had been warned and told to mend his ways.
“Wala gyud ko nagkulang sa pagpahimangno sa iya (suspect) nga magtarong siya sa iyang pagkatawo but it seems it only fell on deaf ears,” Poriquit said.
He said a month before the arrest, PDEA agents informed him that Laureta was being watched, and he told the law enforcers to do what they needed to do.
Aside from a criminal case, Laureta would also be administratively charged, Poliquit said.